Maxwell & JoHana wearing the Starla Dress


by Alisha Franco July 24, 2018

The lovely couple:

JoHana and Maxwell

How did you meet the love of your life?

Through mutual friends. He has had dreams of a girl with "brilliant blue eyes and blonde hair" so when he saw me, he stopped dead in his tracks. The rest is history.

When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?

When we talked about spirituality and past lives. I knew we had been together in multiple lives. The first time we held hands I felt euphoria as if time completely stopped. The first time we kissed I was skyrocketed into a different dimension and saw colors. And I was two years sober! It was a total trip. I knew that we were destined to be together.

Tell us about the proposal?

It was my birthday, and I knew that all of my friends had a surprise birthday party planned for me. My girlfriends picked me up for the party, distracted me and walked all over Laguna Beach wasting time. I kept being a total brat saying "come on guys let's just get to the party I know all about it." Finally, they came up with a reason to go back to me and my boyfriend's house in Laguna Beach. They dropped me off and screeched out of the driveway. As I walked into the back patio I saw hundreds of votive candles lit up and petals around a chair. Max was there, and he walked me to the chair. I thought he was going to romantically give me a puppy... Lol. After he sat me down, he started playing piano, and it was a song he wrote. At the end of the song the lyrics to "so I thought I'd write a song to tell you all that I want. Is to spend the rest of my life with you as my wife, will you marry me". I just started bawling, and that was that. He got the whole thing on a secret video, and I still cry when watching it. After the proposal, we went to the surprise party where everyone close to us was gathered waiting.

See the proposal here:

https://youtu.be/DMvVUaMydO0

How did you come across Wear Your Love?

I kept searching for bohemian lace wedding dresses and had exhausted every option. I didn't even try on any dresses in any stores because it wasn't what I wanted. When I finally found Wear Your Love on the internet, I looked at the Starla dress, and I knew that was it. I immediately ordered it four months before the wedding. I still had not tried on one single dress, but I knew it was perfect. When it came, I literally cried when I put it on. It was perfect.

When did you know you had found your perfect dress?

The moment I saw it.

What went through your mind when the Wear Your Love box arrived at your doorstep, and you pulled out your dress for the first time?

When I saw the box, I started shaking and hoped it would fit and look good. Then I tried it on and started crying. I just kept thinking how beautiful I looked. Like an actual goddess.

What was your wedding theme or style?

Bohemian chill without shoes! My colors were mustard and light pink.

Tell us about the venue?

My wedding venue was the Fullerton Arboretum in California. I loved it because it was outdoors with flowers everywhere. I honestly also chose them because they weren't super pricey. My budget was small as the groom, and I paid for everything and didn't have any help financially.

What was on your wedding soundtrack playlist, aisle, reception and first dance?

Higher love by Alessandro Taccini was our first dance. The song max wrote for the proposal was what I walked down the aisle to (during the wedding we had a pianist). And the song we exited to was Africa by Toto.

Favorite moment from your wedding?

The vows. It was such a surreal moment. It was breathtaking.

Tell us who was involved in making your special day perfect? 

My sister did my hair and makeup. My planner was Leah Grady aka @leah_jennifer_. My caterer was top flight tacos aka @tacostopflight. My DJ was our friend Thomas Stanley who gifted his services for free. The florist #mercibouquet in Newport Beach, ca. My photographer was Andy Lei aka @nd_lei

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for anyone planning a wedding?

Go simple and let the planner take over. Try to stay present in every moment allowing it to be the best day of your life.

How would you rate your overall experience with Wear Your Love?

5 out of 5 stars. 

Congratulations JoHana and Maxwell!

Your wedding day will come and go, but may your love forever grow.

 

 




Alisha Franco
Alisha Franco

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